CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has compiled the numbers for domestic abuse cases in the state for 2017.
They discovered that there’s been some improvement year-to-year.
But those crimes are still a major problem in Tennessee.
The term “Domestic violence” covers many types of criminal offenses ranging from simple assault to murder.
The TBI’s figures for 2017 do point out the areas that psychologists, counselors and law enforcement spend the most time fighting.
For instance, there were a total of 77,846 offenses reported in the state and white females were the most likely victims.
Partnership CEO Regina McDevitt says “The numbers for law enforcement may be down, but the numbers for service is up..which is actually a really good thing because that’s reflective of the fact that wee work so closely with law enforcement.”
52,000 reports of domestic abuse were classified as simple assault, while 81 cases in Tennessee last year were murders.
“It’s one thing to be in the middle of a violent situation or a crisis and call law enforcement and get help. That’s great, but the other thing is getting the awareness out there that there are services that can help you get out of the situation.”
Law enforcement agencies are charged with making arrests and filing charges.
Last year, 59 percent of those crimes were solved.
“The Goal is prevention. The goal is intervention early, and if that’s happening then law enforcement is not having to go out.”
Juveniles made up 9.8 percent of the victims of domestic assault and most of those were classified as fondling.
How do you deal with that?
McDivitt says “often victims may go back. And for lots of very compelling reasons. But at the end of the day, children don’t have any say in it and so helping them cope with those situations is really important.